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13 arrested in the West Bank during IOF dawn raids

Dawn Raids

IOF arrested 13 Palestinians from different locations in the West Bank on Monday morning and raided several houses. Clashes broke out between young people and Israeli occupation forces following the storming of some areas. Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and gas, but no injuries were reported.

In Nablus, IOF closed the entrance to the southern city of Nablus, near the Hawara military checkpoint, in the late hours of the night, following pressure from a gathering of settlers protesting the evacuation of an outpost erected on the land of citizens south of Nablus.

Eyewitnesses said that the IOF closed the main road connecting Nablus, near the roundabout of the “Yitzhar” settlement and the Huwwara checkpoint, and prevented the citizens from passing, causing traffic jams.

On Sunday night, two young men were also arrested from inside the Old City of Jerusalem. Their identity or reason for arrest is unknown. They were taken to a detention and investigation centre in the Occupied part of the city.

(Source / 18.06.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Young Man And Two Children Near Ramallah

17 JUN
10:20 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes and abducted a young man and two children.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Raed al-Beyari, 18, in addition to Qussai Barakat, 15 and Sultan al-‘Ammouri, 15, and took them to an unknown destination.

The soldiers also invaded the home of Saed al-Masri and summoned one of his sons for interrogation.

During the invasion, several youngsters hurled stones at the soldiers who fired live rounds, sound bombs and concussion grenades.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Army Abducts A Child In Kufur Qaddoum

17 JUN
10:50 AM

Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, earlier Sunday, Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and abducted a child after assaulting and wounding him.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers invaded the home of Nabil Ali, violently searched the property and abducted his child, Tareq, only 14 years of age.

Eshteiwi added that the soldiers repeatedly assaulted the child, causing various cuts and bruises, before adducting him.

Many local youngsters hurled stones at the invading soldiers, while the army fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

In related news, the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes and abducted a young man and two children, identified as Raed al-Beyari, 18, Qussai Barakat, 15 and Sultan al-‘Ammouri, 15.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Israeli police, settlers clash over West Bank ‘outpost’

Jewish settlers who reject to leave the settlement, prepare for a possible police intervention as they gather around a synagogue despite the police officers evacuation of the Jewish settlement of Amona north east of Ramallah, West Bank on February 2, 2017 [Ilan Assayag - Anadolu Agency]

Jewish settlers who reject to leave the settlement, prepare for a possible police intervention as they gather around a synagogue despite the police officers evacuation of the Jewish settlement of Amona north east of Ramallah, West Bank on February 2, 2017

At least 16 Israelis, including 11 police officers, were injured on Sunday in clashes that erupted when Jewish settlers refused to vacate a settlement outpost built on Palestinian land east of the city of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement cited by Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli Border Police said incalcitrant settlers had “thrown cleaning material [chlorine], eggs and sticks at police”.

Five setters were slightly injured, and six others arrested, during the clashes at the Tapuach Ma’arav settlement outpost, which consists of 10 structures.

Israeli police were carrying out the eviction order based on an earlier court ruling that the outpost had been built illegally.

Israeli Minister Bennett: ‘The West Bank will soon become part of Israel’

Some of the settlers left the site voluntarily, but dozens of others regrouped at nearby Jewish settlements where they staged sit-ins and engaged in limited clashes with police.

The Israeli government seeks to enact a law that would allow homes built by settlers on Palestinian land to remain intact in return for financial compensation to the Palestinian landowners.

Through this so-called “Settlement Law”, Israeli lawmakers hope to legitimise outposts in the West Bank erected by Jewish settlers on Palestinian land.

Read: 3 French companies involved in rail construction in illegal settlements

(Source / 17.06.2018)

Israeli warplane strikes empty vehicle in Gaza City

Strike is reportedly aimed at Palestinian activist known for flying ‘fire kites’ into Israeli territory

An Israeli warplane struck a car in Gaza City early Sunday, according to Israeli officials and eyewitnesses.

Israeli Army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the vehicle — which was empty at the time of the attack — belonged to a Palestinian activist responsible for launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory.

“The raid comes as a response to the continuation of the launching of burning kites and balloons [by Palestinian activists] toward Israeli land,” Adraee said.

Eyewitnesses at the scene told Anadolu Agency that the car had been struck by a rocket while it was parked outside a home in Gaza’s Shujaiyya neighborhood.

No deaths or injuries were reported in connection with the attack.

The Palestinian authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

Palestinian activists have been flying incendiary kites and balloons toward Israeli territory as part of ongoing demonstrations near the Israel-Gaza security fence that began on Mar. 30.

Since the protests began, at least 128 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli army gunfire.

Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of basic commodities.

(Source / 17.06.2018)

IOF opens fire at resistance post near Gaza border

Resistance post under fire

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday afternoon opened fire at a Palestinian resistance post east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip with no injuries reported.

The IOF soldiers and snipers were deployed in large numbers along Gaza’s eastern border fence in anticipation of major demonstrations scheduled to be launched in Gaza Friday.

The Kites Unit at the Great March of Return has announced that it will fly 5,000 balloons and fire kites on Friday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, toward Israeli settlements neighboring the Gaza Strip.

The IOF tried to intimidate the Palestinians and prevent them from taking part in Friday’s protests. Israeli Helicopters dropped leaflets over the Great March of Return camps warning them against participating in the March and approaching the border fence.

The Israeli settlements have suffered significant losses after vast tracts of their farmlands were damaged by fires caused by Gaza’s kites and balloons.

Fire kites are one of the tools used by Palestinian youths in Gaza to respond to the IOF crimes against the peaceful protesters in the Great March of Return.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Israel forces storm Burin town and Yanun hamlet in Nablus

Burin town

An Israeli army bulldozer escorted by a military force was seen on Friday afternoon in an area near Burin town, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, while soldiers put marks in Yanun hamlet to the east.

According to local sources, an army patrol vehicle, foot soldiers and one military bulldozer were spotted in an area located 200 meters away from Yitzhar settlement near Burin town.

The reason for the presence of troops with a bulldozer in the area is still unknown.

Meanwhile, citizens from Yanun hamlet near Aqraba village southeast of Nablus reported seeing an Israeli official from the antiquities authority along with soldiers putting marks between homes in the village and then left, causing fears among the local residents of an Israeli plan to carry out demolitions.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Israeli minister disappointed at not killing Palestinian young man

Ofir Akunis Likud

Israeli science minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) has expressed dismay for not giving orders to execute a Palestinian young man on site instead of arresting him during a raid in al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah.

In televised remarks last Thursday, Akunis criticized the orders given to Israel security forces assigned to capture the wanted Palestinian, saying he should have been liquidated during the operation.

“It would have been better if they would have finished the job, just finished the job and shot him. We do not need to take him into custody, we need him dead,” he said.

“They needed to just shoot him. Find him, then shoot him,” he added.

Last month, during an Israeli military campaign in Am’ari camp, 32-year-old Islaam Yousef Abu Hamid dropped a marble slab on a soldier’s head. The soldier died later of a critical injury.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

Israeli soldiers assault Nafha prisoners because of picture

Nafha jail assaulting

Israeli special forces assaulted Palestinian prisoners in Nafha jail on Friday, the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.

A Hebrew radio report claimed that Israeli prison service soldiers subdued prisoners in Nafah after the transfer of a detainee to an isolation cell provoked riots.

The radio report added that the isolated prisoner appeared on social media in a picture taken by a cellphone showing him preparing Eid cookies.

(Source / 16.06.2018)

IOF arrests 4 Palestinians near Nablus

4 Pal's arrested Nablus

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday afternoon arrested four Palestinian young men at the northern entrance to Huwara town south of Nablus city in the northern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses reported that the four detainees were transferred to Huwara military camp.

In a related context, the IOF abruptly set up a temporary checkpoint near al-Marba’a area west of Tal town in Nablus.

There are hundreds of Israeli permanent and temporary checkpoints scattered all over the West Bank isolating the Palestinian cities from each other and restricting the citizens’ movement.

(Source / 16.06.2018)